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West Virginia University Students Create a Sustainable Home that Honors Appalachian Tradition

West Virginia University Students Create a Sustainable Home that Honors Appalachian Tradition

From the outside WVU's PEAK house looks like a rustic cabin with a log cabin exterior. But even though the exterior appears to be made out of stacked logs, the floors, walls and ceiling are actually made

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Super Resilient DesertSol House by Team Las Vegas Captures the Mojave Desert’s Sun and Soul

Super Resilient DesertSol House by Team Las Vegas Captures the Mojave Desert’s Sun and Soul

Team Las Vegas is made up of 60 students from various disciplines and already they have shown themselves to be highly organized and poised to win with a design that is not only befitting to the Mojave

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‘Feathered’ Brasilia Athletics Stadium for the 2016 Olympic Games Responds to Light and Weather

‘Feathered’ Brasilia Athletics Stadium for the 2016 Olympic Games Responds to Light and Weather

Beyond the pulsating exterior, the stadium will rest on an elevated wooden plinth surrounded by pools of water and trees, allowing the building to moderate its interior temperature using passive

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Alchemy Architects Build Tiny Prefab weeHouses that Connect with Nature

Alchemy Architects Build Tiny Prefab weeHouses that Connect with Nature

Alchemy Architects' weeHouses are constructed as pre-built modules framed with steel and wood. They can be built in as little as six to nine months and take some serious abuse from nature. The architects

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RFID-Controlled Pinch Power Strip Switches Off Devices When You Walk Away

RFID-Controlled Pinch Power Strip Switches Off Devices When You Walk Away

The vast majority of us aren't always too quick to turn off our devices every time we leave our desks or walk out of a room. Instead, computer monitors, printers, lamps and the like are either left

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Mark’s House: Floating Reflective Pavilion Memorializes Michigan’s Foreclosures

Mark’s House: Floating Reflective Pavilion Memorializes Michigan’s Foreclosures

The London-based team won the $25,000 prize to create this temporary summer pavilion, inaugurated this year, with their imaginative and thoughtful idea. ‘Mark’s House’ was named after a fictitious

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Bentleigh College’s Eco Meditation Center is the Perfect Spot for Introspection in Melbourne

Bentleigh College’s Eco Meditation Center is the Perfect Spot for Introspection in Melbourne

DWP Suters completed Bentleigh's sustainable campus in South East Melbourne in 2009 and is now responsible for their new Meditation and Indigenous Culture Center (M&ICC). The small building is set in

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Ohio State University’s Psychedelic New Chiller Plant Earns LEED Silver Certification

Ohio State University’s Psychedelic New Chiller Plant Earns LEED Silver Certification

The OSU Chiller Plant provides 30,000 tons of chilled water to the university's medical district. It is sited on the edge of campus in a prominent location that also serves as an important gateway along

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Food Waste is the World’s Third Biggest Source of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Food Waste is the World’s Third Biggest Source of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A recent study by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that the 1.3 billion tons of food discarded around the world account for more greenhouse gas emissions than those emitted by any

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2013 International Green Building Conference Kicks Off in Singapore

2013 International Green Building Conference Kicks Off in Singapore

This morning, delegates from more than 35 countries gathered at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center in Singapore for the 2013 International Green Building Conference to exchange ideas about

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Zaha Hadid Unveils Winning Tokyo Olympic Stadium Design – And It’s Green!

Zaha Hadid Unveils Winning Tokyo Olympic Stadium Design – And It’s Green!

First, a look at the greenest parts of the project: the studio has incorporated geothermal heat and a rainwater cooling system within the stadium concept, along with the commitment to recycle greywater.

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BARNagain Solar-Powered Home Built With Family’s Own Reclaimed Wood

BARNagain Solar-Powered Home Built With Family’s Own Reclaimed Wood

Family barns in southwestern New York were deconstructed and the material was saved, milled and shipped 65 miles to the north to Southern Tier where the new home would be. The reclaimed wood was used for

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Schools Institute ‘Heat Days’ to Protect Kids from Soaring Classroom Temperatures

Schools Institute ‘Heat Days’ to Protect Kids from Soaring Classroom Temperatures

Image via Shutterstock. Snow days force school closures due to heaps of snow and ice - and now rising temperatures across the country are forcing some schools to institute "heat days." As the AP

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 8 Questions With Liz Rooks of North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 8 Questions With Liz Rooks of North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park

Inhabitat: What did the Research Triangle Foundation hope to achieve when it set out to develop the new RTP master plan? Liz Rooks: Our board recognized that, after fifty years, the way we were doing

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Khi Solar One: Abengoa Installs South Africa’s First Concentrating Solar Power Tower

Khi Solar One: Abengoa Installs South Africa’s First Concentrating Solar Power Tower

Seville CSP Tower via Shutterstock As South Africa works to generate 17,800 MW of renewable energy by 2030, Spanish firm Abengoa is installing two concentrating solar power plants in the Northern Cape

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Solar-Powered Jess Jackson Sustainable Winery Helps UC Davis Achieve Net Zero Goals

Solar-Powered Jess Jackson Sustainable Winery Helps UC Davis Achieve Net Zero Goals

The 8,500 sq ft Jess Jackson Sustainable Winery Building is the latest addition to UC Davis Winery, Brewery and Food Science Facilities in the central valley of California. We wrote last year about the

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Min2’s Dune House Sustainably Blends Modern Architecture into the Dutch Landscape

Min2’s Dune House Sustainably Blends Modern Architecture into the Dutch Landscape

To create a seamless connection with the landscape from the interior, the architects designed large windows to frame views of the sea to the north and the rolling dune landscapes to the south. Exposed

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Learn Passive Solar Design with Boston Architectural College’s Brand New Online Course

Learn Passive Solar Design with Boston Architectural College’s Brand New Online Course

For those of you not familiar with ‘passive heating and cooling design’, it’s a building design strategy based primarily upon knowledge of thermodynamics and how the sun moves through the sky at

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Brazil Cuts the Ribbon on Mineirão Stadium’s New $16.1m Solar Roof

Brazil Cuts the Ribbon on Mineirão Stadium’s New $16.1m Solar Roof

Brazil’s stadium Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto, or Mineirão for short, got a new rooftop solar array in preparation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. As the tournament approaches in just under a year

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Earthship Biotecture to Build Green Community Center in Malawi from Earth and Recycled Materials

Earthship Biotecture to Build Green Community Center in Malawi from Earth and Recycled Materials

Earthship architecture not only incorporates natural materials to build off-grid homes and other structures, but also relies on waste materials such as plastic bottles, disused rubber tires, glass and a

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H&P Architects’ BES Pavillion Provides a Dynamic Cultural Hub for Locals in Ha Tinh, Vietnam

H&P Architects’ BES Pavillion Provides a Dynamic Cultural Hub for Locals in Ha Tinh, Vietnam

Located in Ha Tinh, Vietnam, the BES (Bamboo–Earth–Stone) pavilion is a service space focused on bringing art and culture closer to the city's inhabitants. BES is constructed from local materials

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Studio RMA’s Hi’ilani EcoHouse is America’s First Carbon-Neutral Concrete Structure, and it’s Volcano-Adjacent!

Studio RMA’s Hi’ilani EcoHouse is America’s First Carbon-Neutral Concrete Structure, and it’s Volcano-Adjacent!

Hawaii is paradise, but building a home there takes an experienced hand and a strong working knowledge of its unique climate and geology. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the 4,000 sq. foot Hi’ilani

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Green Skyscraper to Be Built on Top of Vancouver’s Historic Exchange Building

Green Skyscraper to Be Built on Top of Vancouver’s Historic Exchange Building

The new 31-story tower will rest partially on top of and it will stand partially alongside the existing Old Stock Exchange Building. The Stock Exchange building will be completely renovated and

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SOM’s LEED Platinum-Seeking Federal Courthouse Breaks Ground in LA

SOM’s LEED Platinum-Seeking Federal Courthouse Breaks Ground in LA

In December, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) named SOM the winner of an international competition to design the new Los Angeles courthouse, beating out three other shortlisted teams for

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Pompeii Worm Teach Us About Heat and Chemical Resistance?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Pompeii Worm Teach Us About Heat and Chemical Resistance?

'Biomimicry' is a way of designing that asks "How would nature do it?". Other creatures on Earth have spent millions of years perfecting their craft in ways that are inherently sustainable. The ones that

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Behnisch Architekten’s John and Frances Angelos Law Center Opens at the University of Baltimore

Behnisch Architekten’s John and Frances Angelos Law Center Opens at the University of Baltimore

Behnisch Architekten was selected to design the new law center after winning an international design competition in 2008. But the building isn't just nice to look at; its most impressive attribute is its

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Researchers Create Pitcher Plant-Inspired “Super Glass” Coating That Repels Everything

Researchers Create Pitcher Plant-Inspired “Super Glass” Coating That Repels Everything

Nature can be an incredible source of inspiration. Just ask the researchers at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, who took a look at the beautiful and carnivorous pitcher plant and

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Beautiful Ngunguru House is a Bush Camp Residence Overlooking Coastal New Zealand

Beautiful Ngunguru House is a Bush Camp Residence Overlooking Coastal New Zealand

Arranged with a central hall linking various single-story rooms, the home sits on a pre-leveled plot of land with enviable views. Built with sustainably-sourced materials, the home is also organized to

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MVRDV Unveils Plans for an Underground Shopping Mall Topped With a Lush Park in Barcelona

MVRDV Unveils Plans for an Underground Shopping Mall Topped With a Lush Park in Barcelona

Maquinnext is a proposal for a dramatic mixed-use shopping and residential development in Barcelona. At the core of the project is an open-air shopping center designed to draw new people to the area and

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The First Passive House in Texas is an Amazing DIY Renovation

The First Passive House in Texas is an Amazing DIY Renovation

Passive houses are some of the most energy efficient houses out there and completely prove themselves when it comes to the performance. Most of the time, passive houses are new construction in order to

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